Sunday, October 5, 2008

DMBLGIT September 2008—The Winners

71 entries in 13 days! That's pretty good!

I'd like to thank Andrew from Spittoon and Spittoon Extra for letting me host this month. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In April when I won one of the DMBLGIT awards for the first time, I never would have thought I'd be judging a few months later alongside such amazing food bloggers as Béa (La Tartine Gourmande), Sabra (Cookbook Catchall), Matt (wrightfood), Kate (Aapplemint), and Hannah (BitterSweet)! Thank you all for helping me this month put on a great event. Thanks too for participating this month and congratulations to the winners!

Part 1 - Overall Winners: The overall winners have the highest scores in all three categories combined.

Overall First Place: Feuille d' automne by Thip from Bonbini! with a Nikon D70Feuille d' automneWe loved the unusual camera angle that shows off what must be a very complex but delicious dessert. Both the green mint leaves and the hazelnuts give a nice contrast and texture to the shot. Very well composed.

Overall Second Place: Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by Eliza from notes from my food diary with a Nikon D300, 60mm lens

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Fudge FrostingA delicious looking cake that makes you wish you had that missing piece on a plate in front of you. Cutting the perfect piece and being able to photograph it afterwards is near impossible, but not for Eliza. The blue and green in the background adds that hit of color the photograph needs.

Overall Third Place: Chocolate and Caramel Mousse Cake by Helen from Tartelette with a Canon Rebel XTI

Chocolate and Caramel Mousse CakeA fundamental accessory, the fork, is there, but in outline making this photo eye catching. A variety of shapes makes it interesting, and the hint of red from the currants adds appeal.

Part 2 - Edibility, Originality, and Aesthetics Category: Each photo was scored in three categories: edibility, originality, and aesthetics. The photo receiving the highest total score in each of those categories, excluding the three overall winners, is the specific category winner.

Winner Edibility Category: Cedar plank salmon with an Asian twist by Karine from Le Carrefour with a Canon 5D with 50mm f1/4 + extension tube

Cedar plank salmon with an Asian twistThis salmon glistens in the soft light reflecting the pretty color of the flesh and the crunchiness of the outside. The subtle use of the Asian plate is a nice touch too.

Winner Originality Category: Chinese Tea Eggs - 茶叶蛋 cháyèdàn by Gisella from fiordisale with a Canon 400D

Chinese Tea Eggs - 茶叶蛋 cháyèdànA lovely shot. The broken shells add texture sitting in that ceramic egg carton. Very original.

Winner Aesthetics Category: Banana Chocolate Flake Muffins by Sefa from Food is Love with a Canon EOS 400D ; Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Banana Chocolate Flake MuffinsHaving the foreground muffin sitting in a little cup is really cute. The cup and half muffin on the left adds a lot to the composition and is in focus enough to be interesting, but out of focus enough so as not to distract from the foreground. Very aesthetically pleasing.

Host's Award: Lemon & Saffron Cheesecake by Marija from Palachinka with a Canon EOS 350D, Zoom Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Lemon & Saffron CheesecakeGreat lighting, sharp photo and great composition. Elevating the piece out of the tart gives the photo some interest. This tart looks luscious.

Congratulations to all and thanks for participating! Here is the gallery of submissions.

October DMBLGIT will be hosted by Cenk from Café Fernando. Also, please check out Andrew's new post that will be updated on an ongoing basis about DMBLGIT.



21 comments:

Arfi Binsted said...

congrats everyone!

Zoe Francois said...

They are all gorgeous, congratulations!

Dishing Up said...

Congrats to the winners!

Shaheen (Coco) said...

Congratulation, guys!

Sarah said...

Wow, congrats to all!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Wow, just beautiful. Those tea eggs are speaking to me.

Thank you for doing this roundup! You did a very good job of organizing and especially of getting all the judges to work.

Chennette said...

congrats to all the winners!
I like that you gave such specifics about what the judges liked about the winning photos.

Syrie said...

Wow, wow, wow, gorgeous pictures. Congratulations all you very talented people!

Meeta said...

some beautiful pictures here! congrats everyone!

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

I absolutely love the Chinese Tea Eggs - beautiful and original.

Of course all of them are great, though!

Thip said...

Thank you, Shari and all the judges.

Marija said...

Congratulations to the winners and a huge THANK YOU to Shari!!! :)

sefa firdaus said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Thanks Shari for hosting and thanks to all the judges for choosing me as a winner. Never crossed my mind that all those gorgeous judges will choose me, since their photographs are amazing.

I love the note that you gave on each photo. I learn a lot from it.

Tartelette said...

Thank you Shari for hosting and to all the judges. I am truly honored.

Jen said...

Congrats to the winners and thanks for hosting!

eliza said...

thank you Shari and all the judges who have chosen me to be one of the winners!

Y said...

Congrats to all the winners! :)

Kayte said...

Wow...gorgeous photos, beautiful choices, beautiful food! Congrats all around.

Jaime said...

congrats to the winners

i really want to start entering this contest again. i always get so busy i forget to submit a photo......

AmyRuth said...

Congratulations to all participants. You are all winners. This selection of winners should have the food publishing industry attention. They certainly look worthy. Thanks for the fun!
AmyRuth

Hannah said...

I'm so happy to have had the honor of judging this round, it was a lot of fun. Congrats to the winners!